Dog behaviors after Neutering


Dog Behaviors after Neutering Surgery

Even though you love your dog a lot, you might not automatically love the common hormonally-charged behaviors of the canine adolescence and adulthood. The good news is that neutering your dog will help stop, or at least considerably reduce, the restlessness, anxiousness, and often aggressive behavioral traits that emerge with sexual maturity. Dog behaviors after neutering are generally desirable, and although its a controversial topic, many dog owners choose to neuter their dogs. Neutering is a surgical procedure that renders a dog unable to reproduce. The procedure involves the removal of the dog’s testicles, leaving behind an empty scrotal sac that will soon shrink. The dog’s testicles are responsible for producing sperm and are the main production sites of testosterone. Below are some common desirable dog behavioral changes after neutering.

Desired Dog Behaviors after Neutering

They are less aggressive: This is one of the most important behavioral changes in dogs after neutering. Once a male dog is neutered, the need to behave in a hostile way with other dogs of his age tends to go away or reduce considerably. Testosterone is usually associated with aggression, and the neutering procedure involves significantly reducing the levels of this hormone testosterone. If a dog is not driven by the strong desire to mate, he will not feel the need to take part in an aggressive physical fight with other dogs. In most cases, when male dogs behave fiercely towards one another, it’s always because they are fighting to get the attention of interested female dogs.

They hardly go wandering: One among the most worrying traits of an unfixed dog is the wandering behavior. Adolescent or adult dogs that are unfixed are usually guided by a strong desire to leave their houses and find a female dog in heat for mating, whether these females are right next door or even several blocks away. Whether your dog tries to run off while you are taking him for a walk or tries to escape through the window, it can be really terrifying. Since neutered dogs don’t have such feelings, they usually stay focused on their lives back at home and are less concerned about going out to find a female dog for mating. Neutering your dog will also greatly reduce irritating vocalization, like persistent howling.

Reduced urine marking and mounting: Dogs that aren’t neutered and who have hormones running fiercely through their bodies normally want everybody around them to notice. They usually communicate this to other dogs by marking items with their urine. If you happen to notice some wet spots on your door, there is a high chance that your dog is trying to get the attention of the female dog across the street. Neutered dogs, however, don’t have this habit. They have no reason to want the attention of a female dog, and they probably don’t feel obliged to mark. Another dog behavior after neutering surgery is that they’ll be less likely to mount other dogs, lifeless objects, and even people. This behavior of unfixed dogs can be very awkward, especially when you have visitors around.

Achieve better Dog Behaviors by early Neutering Surgery

If you want to prevent the behaviors that are usually associated with male dog sexual maturity, and guarantee desirable dog behaviors after neutering, it’s recommended that you neuter your puppy before he reaches sexual maturity at the age of six to nine months. This way, he is unlikely to develop any unwanted habits. However, if your dog has practiced these behaviors for some time, they may persist even after the surgery. But then again, if you have an older dog, you can still have him neutered. Even if he doesn’t show all the desirable dog behaviors after neutering surgery, you might see the bad behaviors of unfixed dogs less frequently after he is neutered. Besides, neutering may still be beneficial to his physical health. However, whether you opt for neutering surgery is a personal choice.

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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone

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